Seriously? Saw these rims at work. This has to be dangerous.

Seriously? Saw these rims at work. This has to be dangerous.

You work in a car?

wat

They are called swangas or pokes and if you got them bumpin on your slab and ain't packing, you can get killed in Texas if you don't give'm up.

Time for some old fashioned chariot fighting.

Relevant YouTube video of an old song from "H-town", that's still popular

"Swangas or pokes" =

Bumpin = Playing your music loudly/Showing off

Slab = Early model car, such as Oldsmobiles or Caprices. (Additional tidbit: SLAB became an acronym for "Slow loud and bangin".)

Packing = Carrying a gun

These are a popular style of rims in parts of Texas; primarily the Houston area. Yes, I can confirm this translation. I'm black. "Fa sho."

Edit: Thanks maximillion for reminding me about S.L.A.B.

Person who lives in a town with several cars who have these here. So I did some research, the reason they are actually street legal, is because they do not extend from the car further then the wing mirrors. However they still augment your car in such a way that any person who passes you will instantly think 'Wow what a douche'.

Just because it's on the street doesn't mean it's legal.

Cash cab, prostitute, or twisted metal?

They would be illegal in the UK. Nothing is allowed to extend wider than the wheel arches over here.

Well lots of people do...

This confirms what I was thinking, it's a black thing.

Impressive Jive to English translation skills.

Most people I know in the UK call them rubber-go-rounds.

I took it to mean that you having sex with a dead person and forgot to pack your suitcase... It sounds like a lethal combination to me... I mean who forgets to pack their suitcase???

I'm shocked that those are street-legal.

Ben Hur!

I live just outside of Houston, I've only ever seen black guys with these on their cars.

This is true. If they were Mexican, the wheels would be gold, and on a Ford F150 flare side.

I hate those guys. You can't bounce them off the road but you can machine gun them from behind.

Also, I play the "Spy Hunter" theme on my radio while driving .

Off course we have the MOT Test here!!!

What's an MOT Test?

This is what I thought of when I saw OP's photo.

is what I thought of when I saw OP's photo.

Could someone translate this into English, please? I think you're implying that you'll get shot for putting these on your car in Texas? Why just Texas?

The holy trinity.

They're called illegal where I'm from.

Or, it could be legal because no sane person ever thought some moron would put ridiculous rims like that on their car, so no law was ever put in place to prevent it.

RELEVANT

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Nothing says "I'm a dick" more than 4 dicks protruding from your rims :-)

There are similar things in various states via inspections that are required every year.

Well duh... 'Kneecappers'

I drive to Houston fairly often. I don't see anyone driving them because I'm afraid to make eye contact.

I live just outside of Houston, I've only ever seen black guys with these on their cars.

I worked in a car for 12 years. 8-12 hours a day.

I also live in Texas, see them all the time.

It's greased lightening!

slab = slow loud and bangin

swangers = '84s, an old cadillac wheel

Oh stewardess, I speak Jive.

I was a car for 12 years. 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. AMA.

Driver of this car revealed

Driver of this car

Translation: They are called "swagas or pokes" and if you have them installed on your vehicle, and if you aren't properly armed in Texas, gangsters might injure or kill you if you don't give them up when they ask nicely.

nah he is just a retro gamer, going for the spy hunter look.

Why did you Brits get the cool spelling of "tire"? It's not fair....

What do you call illegal where you're from, then?

Its likely that what is inside the car is more dangerous.

Masalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Aren't those called 'kneecappers'?

No kidding. My guess is that whoever has those rims has lots of disposable income. It must be the car equivalent of a fur coat...impractical, hard to clean, and attention getting.

My dad was an elevator mechanic for 30+ years. He drove around all day from job site to job site.

Why did you Brits get the correct spelling of every single word?

FTFY

Just imagine if you saw these on something like a Hummer 2/3.  Would that be analogous to going the full Carrot Top?

Just imagine if you saw these on something like a Hummer 2/3. Would that be analogous to going the full ?

....strange I might have seen that car a few days ago...South side of Austin...go figure